Contender Sport Fishing

Come explore the gorgeous waters of Jalisco, Mexico and create fishing memories of a lifetime with Contender Sport Fishing! You’ll start out of Puerto Vallarta and head out to fish-rich inshore and offshore grounds together with Captain Ildefonso Joya. The veteran captain has spent his whole life near water and is eager to show you the beauties of fishing in this part of Mexico. Join him aboard and have a fishing experience you’ll remember for a long time!

Your trip starts on a 30’ Nava center console that can sit up to 5 anglers. Powered by twin 115 Mercury engines, the boat will take you to your fishing spots in no time. It uses all the modern GPS, fishfinder, as well as radio technology to provide safe and efficient movement on the water. The boat’s equipped with downriggers, tuna tubes, snorkeling gear, a fighting chair, and a livewell. To further improve your experience, you’ll have the help of a first mate, an ice-box, and there’s also a portable toilet you can use.

On your trip, you can go after Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Snapper, Bonito, and other prized species. There’s a wide variety of fishing techniques you can use to reel in your prey. Using light and heavy tackle, you can bottom fish, deep sea fish, troll, spin, jig, pop, drift fish, fly fish, kite fish, and even bow fish. Both you and the crew can keep your catch. Kids are free to come aboard.

Captain Ildefonso will provide you with all the fishing gear, live bait, lures, water, and ice. Bring your licenses, food, and drinks before you start the trip and you’ll be all set.

Spend a day with Contender Sport Fishing and enjoy a fun and action-packed time on the water!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $240
    This relatively brief trip gives you 4 hours to enjoy chasing various prized species and leaves you with plenty of time for your other daily activities. You and the crew will start the trip at 6:00 a.m. and return around 10:00 a.m. Bring some snacks, food, and your fishing licenses.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Fishing & Snorkeling
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $360
    This 6-hour trip departs from Marina Vallarta or Marina Nuevo Vallarta in Paradise Village (public pier). Enjoy a day full of adventure as you fish, see the arches of Puerto Vallarta, and practice snorkeling, or swim on a private beach just for you and your family.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $480
    8 hours on the water give you plenty of time to reel in a great catch and have lots of fun with your loved ones. You and the crew will leave the dock at 6:00 a.m. and get back at 2:00 p.m. Before you depart, just make sure to have some food and drinks as well as your linceses.
  • Private trip
    10 Hours Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $580
    Spend even more time exploring the lovely waters of Jalisco and have a wonderful fishing experience you'll hardly ever forget. You'll leave the dock at 6:00 a.m. and spend 10 hours targeting various hard-fighting and delicious species.
  • Private trip
    12 Hour Trip
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    12 Hour Trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $780
    Absorb mesmerizing sights and chase a host of different species for as much as 12 hours to experience the beauty of Jalisco's waters to the fullest. Your trip will start at 6:00 a.m. and come with all the fishing gear, bait, water, as well as ice. Bring your licenses, food, and drinks, and prepare for an unforgettable stay on the water!
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About the Captain

Ildefonso Joya
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
2 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since August 2021
Captain Ildefosno has lived all his life near the sea. Coming from a family of fishermen, his father and mother taught him to do what he's passionate about. When the captain was a child, his life was always at sea, with his parents making their living day by day by fishing. He grew up and studied to be a boat captain. Now at 62 years, he considers himself a son of the sea and dedicates himself to delivering boats inside and outside the country and sport fishing.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Cubera) Cubera Snapper
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred) Narrow-barred Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Nava (Center console) originally built in 2008. Powered by 2 115HP Mercury engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Kite Fishing
Bowfishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Drinks
First Mate
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Bank Transfer

Puerto Vallarta Fishing Calendar

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.3 / 5
out of 5 stars from 2 reviews
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Good
3.0 / 5
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Kevin S.
Yuba City, CA
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4.3 / 5
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Fishing with Ildefonso

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Fishing & Snorkeling on January 4, 2022
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FAQs about Contender Sport Fishing

Contender Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $240 per group - Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $360 per group - 3/4 Day Trip – Fishing & Snorkeling (6 hours)
  • $480 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)
  • $580 per group - 10 Hours Trip (10 hours)
  • $780 per group - 12 Hour Trip (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Contender Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Contender Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Only ice and water)
  • First Mate
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Contender Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Contender Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing
  • Kite Fishing
  • Bowfishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Contender Sport Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)